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Lisa Jakub, author of You Look Like That Girl, grew up in Hollywood, where she acted in more than forty movies and television shows, including Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day. Searching for a path that felt more authentic, Lisa retired from acting at age twenty-two and ran away to Virginia. She is now a writer.
Eloisa James, author of My American Duchess, is a Shakespeare professor at Fordham University and a New York Times bestselling author. She’s the mother of two and, in a delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.
Annabelle Jay, author of Caron High News and The Sun Dragon series, writes young adult LGBT novels. She loves dragons, witches, and magic, but also writes realistic fiction.
Willis Jenkins is the author of The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity and Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology on the intersection of religion and environment. He is associate professor of Religious Studies at UVa.
Frances E. Jensen, MD, author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, is a professor of neurology and the chair of the neurology department at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work, formerly co-founded a boutique investment firm with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. She is a former award-winning Wall Street equity analyst and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review.
Johnson joins the 2016 Virginia Festival of the Book to discuss disruptive innovation, the primary topic she examines in her new book. A prolific speaker, she has spoken to audiences of more than 30,000 on her ideas and vision.
Kristen Deede Johnson, co-author of The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance, teaches and writes in the areas of theology, culture, formation, and political theory. She is a graduate of UVa.
Peter Jones tells stories all over the United States and Europe while also hosting and producing the syndicated radio program, Tell Us A Tale, heard on stations around the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Ireland.
Leanna Joyner, author of Hiking through History, is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the trail resources manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Deep South regional office. She previously worked in radio marketing and communications for a Washington-area leadership nonprofit.